In the record book: Tied for second on the all-time doubles list with 45 (needs just two to become schools all-time leader)
Tied for fifth on the all-time home run list with 23
Seventh on the all-time RBI list with 128.
2000: GTE/CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-America selection for second year in a row
Third-team All-Big Ten ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Appeared in all but one game, leading team in overall hitting (.376), doubles (19) and RBI (50)
His 77 hits placed him fifth on the schools single-season list, while his 19 doubles tied him for third and his 50 RBI was good for seventh
Also topped Wildcats in slugging percentage (.561) and on-base percentage (.436)
Led team with 14 multiple-RBI games and tied for second with 22 multiple-hit games (nine 3-hit games)
Enjoyed hitting streaks of nine games (3/23-4/4), eight games (4/14-423) and seven games (3/3-3/20)
Hit safely in nine of last 11 games
In season opener, went 3-for-5 with two home runs, three runs scored and three RBI vs. Northern Iowa (2/17)
Earned Big Ten Player of the Week after being named Most Valuable Player of the Homestead (Fla.) Challenge
During that tournament, went 7-for-13 (.539) with five runs and four RBI
In championship game vs. Ohio State, went 3-for-5 with three runs and two RBI
8-for-15 (.533) with three runs and five RBI vs. Penn State (5/12-5/14)
7-for-15 (.467) with two RBI vs. Illinois (3/31-4/2)
Went 2-for-4 in Big Ten Tournament game vs. Minnesota (5/18)
Defensively, threw out 19 of 51 base stealers (37.3%) including 13 of 27 (48.2%) in Big Ten play.
1999: GTE/CoSIDA Second Team Academic All-America selection ... Academic All-Big Ten ... Played in all but one game, starting 51 at catcher, and finished third on the team with a .342 average ... Led team with 11 home runs and 44 RBIs (8 HR, 21 RBIs vs. Big Ten) ... With two years left, already ninth on the all-time HR list with 18 ... Also tied for team lead with 13 doubles and 110 total bases ... 19 multiple-hit games, including six three-hit outings and one four-hit game (SE Louisiana) ... Opened season going 2-for-4 vs. Pacific with two RBIs and two runs scored ... Went 5-for-5 with three HR and five RBIs in first two games vs. Minnesota ... Had three consecutive two-hit games vs. Purdue ... 3-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs vs. Hawaii ... 3-for-6 with two RBIs and three runs vs. Notre Dame ... Defensively, threw out 20 of 77 basestealers (26.0%).
1998: Made 28 starts as catcher
Led team in home runs and was second in doubles
Threw out 11 runners in Big Ten play, second best in the Big Ten in 1998
Batted .417 during four-game series vs. Ohio State March 27-29
Batted .356 with runners on base and .394 with two outs
Hit three-run homer in the bottom of the 11th inning to defeat Northern Illinois, 11-8, 4/28
Started in the No. 5 slot four times, at No. 7 once and in the No. 8 slot 23 times
Had 11 multiple-RBI games despite the low batting slot.
High School: USA Today Wisconsin Player of the Year
Appleton Post Crescent Player of the Year
First-team all-state honoree by Wisconsin High School Coaches Association
Hit .516 with nine homers, 35 RBIs and a 1.097 slugging percentage as a senior
Led Appleton North to the Fox Valley Association conference title in 1996.
Personal: Born Joseph Carl Hietpas on May 1, 1979
Son of Donald and Kristine Hietpas
Majoring in economics.
Hietpas' Career Stats
|Yr. ||Avg. ||G ||AB ||R ||H ||2B ||3B ||HR ||RBI ||SB|
|1998 ||.319 ||43 ||113 ||18 ||36 ||13 ||0 ||7 ||34 ||1|
|1999 ||.342 ||52 ||187 ||36 ||64 ||13 ||0 ||11 ||44 ||3|
|2000 ||.376 ||56 ||205 ||29 ||77 ||19 ||2 ||5 ||50 ||1|
|Totals ||.350 ||151 ||505 ||83 ||177 ||45 ||2 ||23 ||128 ||5|